Posted on Oct 11, 2019
Editorial comment: We try to publish notes of our club's weekly meetings to give club members not in attendance and visitors to our web site some idea of the scope of our club's activities as well as a feeling for what it's like to be a member of our Rotary Club. Well...there's more than one way to convey what that is like - thus regard below a minute by minute commentary, complete with a few editorial remarks and photos. We apologize for the cryptic description (from the unique eyes of one of our club members). You had to be there - but it does give a flavor for the flow of a typical meeting at Poulsbo Rotary. Come join the fun! 
 
[ 7:06 am ] It starts. Eggs, bacon, potatoes. The beginning of a good day. Throw in some grapes for to stave off any guilt. 
[ 7:08 am ] Table mates: Laurynn (the Educator). Joe (the Jester). Audrey (the Hero). P.K. (the Initials). 
[ 7:10 am ] Mitch stops in and inspects the table. All is copasetic. 
[ 7:11 am ] Flybys: Cindy, Cheryl... 
[ 7:14 am ] A gift comes my way. How to stay sane. We will see what the future holds. Outlook is grim. 
[ 7:15 am ] Satiated. 
Kathy Rayment
Club President Kathy Rayment
[ 7:19 am ] Kathy, brings bad news (as usual). Like a watermelon at a sword show, the timeline has been cut in half. (The translator is perplexed…. Something about the board not meeting on Halloween, maybe? Today's meeting has a full schedule so don't run over on your presentation.) 
[ 7:21 am ] The call to order. Yeah county. Yeah Rotary. Yeah Tim, the proudest of the proud. Our creepy conductor of the ghost locomotive. (Tim Nichols announced that there will be a fundraiser for Kitsap Foster Care Association hosted by the Kitsap Live Steamers, the annual Ghost Train run will be the evening of Saturday, October 26th between the hours of 5pm and 9pm. For more information here. Note that all proceeds from the train rides go to benefit the Kitsap Foster Care Association of Kitsap County.) 
[ 7:23 am ] Guests! Emily, Tony, Andrew. A light showing. 
[ 7:25 am ] Ardis still manages to impress. Punch line: She sleeps. John Aukenhauserenhauses dares greatly. 
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier raises funds for the Auction Mystery Purse
[ 7:28 am ] In comes Rand, like a jack hammer in a China shop.  
[ 7:29 am ] John, the shortest of the short. The crier of our fair town informs the masses: Jewel Box, Community Luncheon, Heronswood, Beer Blast.  
 
In steps Lori to clarify: logging & polio. Gaston throws down a challenge. What happens in Port Gamble stays in Port Gamble. Desserts are dashed.  (Pints for Polio is Oct. 18 at Western Red Brewing, 5pm to close. They’re rolling out a new beer and each pint generates $1 for polio eradication, which the Gates Foundation matches with TWO MORE DOLLARS!)   
[ 7:35 am ] The purse makes it past. 
[ 7:36 am ] Dan needs support. Kids need homes. We will give it. Faith is restored. 
Duda Blé and Leonard Jochmann
Rotary Exchange students Duda Blé and Leonard Jochmann
[ 7:37 am ] Duda! Sweeta! Leo! Damn their young eyes! Maybe it's the shrooms. They know more about America than we do. The truth hurts. (American History is hard!)  
[ 7:40 am ] Good news! (Talking about the upcoming Rotary Auction)
• Two new sponsors. The Paint Place and the Village.  
• Where we stand: Need more tables. Need new kids. (It’s Homecoming, and our usual volunteers are booked!) 
• Who wants to run the costume competition? Yet to be determined.  
• Joe gives the thumbs up.  
• I will come as my grumpy self. (I’m pretty sure Nick meant he’s coming as a grumpy elf.  Cool!) 
[ 7:46 am ] Patti (Patti Dudley, the captain of the fair ship Fishline) introduces our housing hero, Emily. 
Emily Klein Fishline Home Share Program
Emily Klein, Fishline Home Share Program
[ 7:48 am ] Emily. HomeShare.  (Emily Klein gave a presentation about the Fishline HomeShare Program. Emily shared information about Fishline's HomeShare program, which facilitates connections between those with space to rent in their homes and those in need of affordable housing. Home sharing programs exist worldwide, and are a community-centered, cost-effective way to promote housing affordability and help elders to age in place. Fishline?s program provides resources for those interested in home sharing, including background and reference checks, personalized interviews, and referrals to potential home-mates. Emily is the HomeShare coordinator at Fishline, a food bank and comprehensive service center in Poulsbo.  She has lived in Washington for much of her life and attended Seattle University, where she received a BA in cultural anthropology.)
• It connects those with space to rent, to those who need affordable housing.  
• What is affordable? $663/month. Actual: $1,475. Not good. 
[ 7:51 am ] The clipboard makes it past. 
[ 7:52 am ] Emily informs us that living alone also has its perils. 
[ 7:53 am ] Those lovely Golden Girls pave the way! 
[ 7:54 am ] Providers can earn money, get help, feel secure and have community. It's a win win win win. 
[ 7:55 am ] Seekers get affordable housing, get to contribute, build savings and create companionship. Another win win win.  
[ 7:57 am ] Words: Backgrounds, checks, interviews, expectations, needs, chores, personality, beliefs, hobbies, referrals, agreements, leases, resources... 
[ 8:00 am ] Cities: Tacoma, New York, Denver, Chicago, Detroit... 
[ 8:02 am ] Battery dies. Time to relocate. 
[ 8:03 am ] Back in action. 
[ 8:04 am ] A through, customized process to connect providers and seekers. Well done Renee and Linda. 
[ 8:05 am ] Questions asked. Questions answered. Encouragement given. 
[ 8:11 am ] Jacob gets scolded. As he should. 
[ 8:12 am ] The timeline is pushed back. Somebody tape the watermelon back together. 
[ 8:13 am ] Masters: Audrey, Mike. Jacob. (Fines) 
• People are punished for hanging out with Jacob. As they should. 
• Audrey has an attitude of gratitude. 
• Mike is technologically dependent. Gives us a history lesson. Reproaches the seamen. Denounces the anniversaries. (It’s true.  Mike is technologically dependent.) 
[ 8:20 am ] Ed Stern. No explanation needed. (Translation: Ed Stern) 
[ 8:21 am ] Bucks of Happiness (each week our club assesses fines to augment paying for the activities of the club. Most often the fines are assessed for frivolous violations by club members, but at the end of the session members are invited to pay something to tell what they are happy about): 
• Brazilian food 
• Auction donations 
• Fine matching 
• Sound solutions 
• I believe the children are our future 
• Duda is a fish (x2) (Duda Blé is our Rotary Exchange student from Brazil. She is a member of the North Kitsap High School swim team and has already qualified for District in two events!  She swims super fast!) 
[ 8:23 am ] #5638 - Sassy Pants... tension builds... tensions releases. With a whimper, not a bang. (Brenda had the right fraffle number, but, alas, did not draw the Ace of Spades and win.  Sadness.)  
[ 8:25 am ] Close of ceremonies. The pain is over. My fingers hurt. These notes suck. (Translation: Nick loves taking notes and recommends it highly for any eager volunteers!  Suck it up, Nick!)